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High Fashion Meets Virtual Fantasy in H&M’s Latest Innovation Story

26 November 2022: Taking inspiration from the immersive potential of the Metaverse as well as the tactile beauty of the physical world, the ready-to-wear collection invites self-expression and explores sustainability in three dimensions. The first comprises the stand-out womenswear and menswear looks and a series of accessories designed with circularity in mind. The second sees multiple pieces available as part of a rental programme in selected H&M stores.

Key pieces from the physical collection blend eye-catching silhouettes with intricate embroidery and an internet-breaking colour palette. For women, a corset-waisted, neon-yellow dress with a dramatic tulle skirt dominates the spotlight. For men, an oversized black beaded bomber jacket offsets relaxed tailoring. In accessories, women’s wrap-around metallic sandals spiral to the thigh, while futuristic jewellery for men and women takes its cues from liquid metal that looks as though it’s been plumped by pixels.

Circularity is a key focus for the collection. Several pieces feature recycled polyester fibres made entirely out of old garments and textile waste collected in partnership with H&M’s garment-collection programme in stores. One form-fitting dress in the collection has been made using a zero-waste pattern cutting process. Innovative materials including REPREVE® Our Ocean™, recycled polyester made from ocean-bound plastic bottles, comprise a faux-fur coat and jacket.

“We at the Institute of Digital Fashion are excited to partner with H&M on a digital collection that pushes the boundaries of fashion as we know it, breaking free of physical restraints to embrace pure creativity. These digital garments are for every body, extending beyond seasons, beyond gender and beyond realities, and helping us to consider the planet,” Leanne Elliott Young and Cattytay, co-founders of the Institute of Digital Fashion.

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